I've now finished all 4 chapters and have to go back and only comment on each individually. Okay - so Chapter Two gives us the amazing account of The Battle of Unnumbered Tears. This was bloody and graphic, yet exciting and detailed. Morgoth's minions do his bidding and the good guys lose in many ways. I think this is definitely setting the stage for the time when Turin and kin have a final battle. By that time they'll be due for a victory.This chapter really leads directly into the third, so I'll elaborate in that post.
This is really dark stuff for Tolkien. I mean, talk about snatching defeat from the Jaws of Victory. How sad. It's painful to be the reader in scenes crafted like this: when you know the designs of the enemy are going to wallop the good guys, and yet they don't see it coming.I was very surprised that Turgon's appearance didn't have more of an impact here, but like you say, I suspect the hidden city will play a BIG role later.
Man talk about the wind getting taken out of their sails. Nothing like getting your behind walloped when you aren't expecting it. I think Maeglin is starting to have a change of heart about Men after what Huor says before the heroic parting. Maybe a key to what comes later on? Well I'll have to wait and see.
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